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Fear Not
Isaiah 41:10
Are you afraid of what might happen in life ? God has a special word for you.
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Published April 25th, 2019; Updated April 25th, 2019
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Don't be afraid because God is your God, he is with you, he will strengthen, he will help you, and he will uphold you.
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אַל־תִּירָא
fear not,
כִּי עִמְּךָ־אָנִי
for I am with you;
אַל־תִּשְׁתָּע
be not dismayed,
כִּי־אֲנִי אֱלֹהֶיךָ
for I am your God;
אִמַּצְתִּיךָ
I will strengthen you,
אַף־עֲזַרְתִּיךָ
I will help you,
אַף־תְּמַכְתִּיךָ בִּימִין צִדְקִי׃
I will uphold you with c my righteous right hand.
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Isaiah 41:10
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μὴ φοβοῦ
fear not,
μετὰ σοῦ γάρ εἰμι
for I am with you;
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μὴ πλανῶ
be not dismayed,
ἐγὼ γάρ εἰμι ὁ θεός σου
for I am your God;
ὁ ἐνισχύσας σε
[And you should not be afraid also because] I will strengthen you,
καὶ ἐβοήθησά σοι
I will help you,
καὶ ἠσφαλισάμην σε τῇ δεξιᾷ τῇ δικαίᾳ μου
I will uphold you with c my righteous right hand.
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Isaiah 41:10
fear not,
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for I am with you;
Reason for Command
be not dismayed,
Parallel command
for I am your God;
Reason #2 for Command
I will strengthen you,
Reason #3
I will help you,
Reason #4
I will uphold you
Reason #5
with my righteous right hand.
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How God supports his command: Isaiah 41:10 gives us the assurance we need when we face life's frightening challenges. Although the Bible throughout gives us several reasons to not be afraid of anything, God gives us five reasons to not fear in Is 41:10. The first reason to not fear, is because God is with us. This is a promise that stretches from Genesis 26:24 to Matt 28:20. It begs these questions: How has God sustained me with his presence in the past? Has he ever abandoned me? The second reason to not fear is that God is our God. God has made a covenant with his people that is unbreakable. There will never be a moment where God abandons us, even though, in our suffering, it might feel like he does. But because God is so committed to us, he will never leave us or forsake us. It begs the question: Will God ever cease being my God? Some commentators take the next three reasons as future oriented (i.e. "I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you..."). Another possibility is to view these as actions already committed in the past, that become grounds for a secure trust in God (i.e. "I have strengthened you, I have helped you, I have upheld you..."). We can ask the following questions when we're afraid: How has God strengthened me? How has God answered my prayers? How has God sustained me? How to root out fear: 1. Consider God. He is sovereign, holy, loving, kind, compassionate. He is not like you. He is over you. 2. Remember he is with you. He cares about you. He loves you . He is for you in every way. He is by your side. 3. Ask for him to strengthen you. He gives you life. He gives you grace. He gives you joy and inner peace. He is working inside of you. 4. Ask God to help you through fear. He is benevolent. He provides. He protects. He is working outside of you. 5. Ask God to uphold you. He is strong. He acts. He promises. He is underneath you. The command to "fear not" in OT: Gen 15:1; 21:17; 26:24; 43:23; 50:19, 21 Deut 1:21; 3:2, 22; 20:3; 31:6, 8 Josh 8:1; 10:8 Judges 6:10, 23 2 Kgs 17:35, 37, 38 1 Chron 22:13 Ps 3:7; 23:4; 27:1, 3; 46:3; 56:4, 5, 12; 91:5; 112:7, 8; 118:6; Is 40:9; 41:10, 13, 14; 43:1, 5; 44:2; 51:7; 54:4, 14 Jer 1:8; 10:5; 23:4; 30:10; 40:9; 42:11; 46:27, 28; 51:46 Ezek 2:6; 3:9 Dan 10:12, 19 Joel 2:21, 22 Zeph 3:15, 16 Hag 2:5 Zech 8:13, 15 The command to "fear not" in NT: Matt 1:20; 10:26, 28, 31; 14:27; 17:7; 28:5, 10 Mark 5:36; 6:50 Lk 1:13, 30; 2:10; 5:10; 8:50; 12:4, 7, 32 John 6:20; 12:15 Acts 18:9; 27:24 Heb 11:27 1 Pet 3:6, 14 Rev 1:17
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